I’m one of the group who were with Sharon and Abigail when this wonderful adventure started, and it’s been a thoroughly delightful journey ever since. We’ve had some great laughs, we’ve supported each other through thick and thin both here in public and in our private emails, and I’ve made some lovely friends I will probably keep my whole life.
Like many of my fellow AuAus I have both a day job and a writing job, and as any writer knows, the time you have to devote to promotion and publicity these days is almost as demanding as writing the book in the first place! Murder at Mansfield Park has been out a year now, and in that time I’ve finished another book, and am just starting the research for the third – two new ‘literary murders’ that are taking me into very new and un-Austenlike territory.
With all this going on, and only so many hours in the day, I said to Sharon a while back that I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to give AuAu all the time it needed, so perhaps I ought to step down, albeit with a heavy heart. Since then my fellow AuAus have been so kind, and so keen for me to stay on, even in a reduced way, that to be honest I’ve been quite overwhelmed! So the upshot of all of this is that I will still be around on AuAu, and I hope to do some guest posts, but I won’t be on the regular blog rotation, at least for a little while.
So if it’s not Austen, what is my next book about? Anyone who liked my ‘thief-taker’ Charles Maddox will be pleased to hear that he will return, but to a very different 19th century England. If you enjoyed Murder at Mansfield Park I do so hope you’ll give the next one a try when it comes out – it’ll be published next year by Corsair in the UK, and Random House in the US. I hope to do a guest post when it launches, so I’ll be able to tell you more about it then!
And I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to AuAu, and especially to Sharon and Abigail for coming up with this great idea in the first place. May it continue to flourish!